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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Sir FREDERICK STEWART (Parramatta) . - The vote for the payment of services rendered in connexion with the sale of tax instalments stamps amounts to £67,000, compared with an expenditure of £52,197 last year. I should like the Treasurer to explain that increase. I also direct attention to an anomaly in the administration of the sales tax law. For example, a well-known and reputable authority on gardening and farming recently published a number of text books which the Department of Agriculture in New South Wales accepted as most uptodate literature on these subjects. Because the author advertised his seeds and plants in these text books, the Commissioner of Taxation ruled that proceeds from the sales of the literature shall be subject to sales tax. But the author was told that he would be at liberty to advertise, without the obligation to pay sales tax, the seeds and plants of other horticulturists. I ask the Treasurer to rectify that inequity.

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